Here’s another very uplifting song…Beautiful Day by U2. Enjoy!
Whenever I feel lost, alone, afraid, buffeted about by the world, I pick up a mirror
I look myself in the eye, look straight into my soul and say “darling, there’s a place for you here
Every person matters, everyone has a purpose, a reason for being
Even those who don’t seem to fit in have another way of seeing
The world in a different light, and play a part, an important role in this huge play
So know that you belong, that you are loved, celebrate your uniqueness and believe in yourself, each and every day
It’s true, your path is not a traditional one, and it takes great courage to keep on walking
Amongst those who judge or turn a blind eye, or tell you that you’re not enough, who just like to hear themselves talking!
Remember, that your role is not to fit in, it’s to stand out, it’s to shake things up, to stir the pot
Your role is to show another way of being, of following your heart with everything you’ve got!
So hold your head up high, stand tall and proud and be the rebel who follows her own star
And walk with your own inspiration, your guidance, be the sassy, courageous being that you are!”
Sometimes I wish I could just let my hate be
I would love to see the world in black and white
In some ways, it seems like an easier way to see
the clear differences between wrong and right
But my eyes have been open for too long
and they have seen that there are many ways
to be in this world, and to live and be strong
and that being open to possibilities really pays
My world is not just black and white
There are many soothing shades of grey
And glorious colors that dance in the light
Gentle pastels that sometimes come out to play
There is the vivid red of anger, energy, and love
The earthy, grounding orange that brightens my day
Cool blue that speaks to me from the skies above
Ethereal purple, a spiritual color, some would say
The blackest of black moods, the darkest of shadows
The brightest of white lights, the innocence of a child
The soothing green of wide fields and deep meadows
Yellow that’s cheerful and sometimes a little bit wild
But there is nothing mild about my colorful disposition
I feel all the hues quite deeply, and the emotions that equate
And I realize the beauty of being in this position
Even though it’s sometimes painful to relate
Do I enjoy having this kind of compassion?
That won’t allow me to simply live in anger?
Sometimes, I admit, I just want to hate with a passion
But then I remember that I really am a danger
To myself, above all else, when I give in to the violence
That lives within me, when I dwell in that black and white space
So I take myself off to a place where i can sit in silence
And remember the beauty of all that is, all the magic and the grace
All the glorious colors and the soothing shades of grey
Yes, the black and the white, of course they have their place
The many ways to pass the time, the many times of day
Beautiful people, around the world, regardless of their race
All living and being and loving, in their own magnificent ways
Though I may not agree with their cultures, their methods, their views
I know that diversity is what colors the world in soothing greys
Bright colors, playful pastels, the rainbow and all its many gorgeous hues
I’d like to dedicate this to my new friend, Julz, who has been having some physical challenges recently that have caused a shift in her perception. Julz, I hope this helps you to keep your spirits up. You are beautiful, my friend, whether you are able to walk or not!
I feel strongly that we really put limitations on others when we call them disabled, as if they are less abled for being in a wheelchair, missing limbs and having other “limitations”. I also believe that we can hold ourselves down by thinking of ourselves as being disabled. So, I would like to pose a different way of looking at things…
What if those who are “differently-abled” are so because their spirits are so strong that these beings signed up for a handicap to be teachers to others who do have full use of their bodies? What if their purpose is to say “hey look! I can do all of this, and more, without my right arm! If I can do that, I wonder what you can do with a fully functioning body?”
There have been a few times when I was temporarily “disabled”. There are three times I can think of when I was unable to move, let alone walk, for a week at a time and where I experienced the most excruciating pain that I think is possible for any person to experience. Period.
And, there was also a time when I knew, in my heart, that I would be permanently disabled, from the waist down, if I did not get proper care in time. I became extremely depressed and very close to suicidal over this possibility. Fortunately, I did get the proper care. It took a ton of faith on my part that the money to cover this would come, and I’m still walking that path.
I discovered, 3 years ago, that my spine was seriously messed up, and therefore, so was my central nervous system. I was functioning (according to my doctors) at about 60% efficiency. That’s a FAIL, in case you’re not into doing the math. My body was failing and I knew it!
The thing was, I was so focused on being “ill” that I feel I created even more illness, fatigue and disability for myself. I really kept myself in a state of dis-empowerment because I believed that I was less capable. Yes, my position was precarious, and it still is, but I do feel strongly that my beliefs have an impact on what I’m able to create for myself, or not.
I now feel that all of the handicaps that I’ve experienced in this life- and there’s a broad range of them- have served a purpose. I believe that everyone has value and has something to teach, no matter what’s going on with their body-temples…well, ESPECIALLY if there’s something going on with their body temples! It could be that they have things to discover and teach the world that would otherwise be untapped!
So, for anyone out there who is facing challenges around this, I would encourage you to take on the role of teacher, both for yourself and others. If life is a school, what can you learn from this experience that you can then pass on to others? What encouragement can you give to yourself? How can you create that you are still worthy, even with a physical impairment? What ways can you create that you are just as powerful, as you would be with all of your parts working well? How can you use this new perspective to the benefit of yourself and others? How can you express your strength? What ways can you show your love, your joy, shine your light brightly? How can you lift yourself up when you feel down? How can you see yourself as being “differently-abled”, rather than “dis-abled”?
We are spirits in human bodies. While our bodies are important and need to be taken care of, we are all worthy of love, respect, joy, light, and well-being, no matter what’s going on with our body temples. Are you giving yourself the proper love, care and respect that you deserve? I hope so…and if not, perhaps now’s a good time to start.
For I am wealthy beyond measure
I am strength, I am love, I am clarity, I am prosperity, I am joy
My soul is my greatest treasure
I have the power to call upon
whatever it is that I require
As long as I am asking from a higher place
that reflects my heart’s true desire
I have overcome much hardship in this lifetime
And it is this which allows me to understand the need for deep healing
The wounds that I have endured are my battle scars
They remind me of how far I’ve come to this place of wondrous feeling
I see the abundance in all situations
I can spin anything in a positive light
I use my emotions to wield my power
To help me see things from a greater height
My cup overflows when I take responsibility
For my own joy, my own fulfillment, my own healing
This affects every soul around me in a positive way
Magic happens when I express the joy that I am feeling
I command authority, I command respect, I am worthiness
And my empowerment spills over to all those around me
I shine my powerful light on those who ask for my help
I hold the space for highest healing, for greatest integrity
I am the King of Diamonds and my wealth is beyond measure
I bask in the glory of the abundance that is my birthright
My soul sings the songs of strength, love, clarity, fortune and joy
These songs are the power that allow my soul to take flight